Education News

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Scott Fraser, Director of the Washington County Community College “Adventure Recreation and Tourism” program, will be bringing a group of students to the island, via sailboat, for our first on-site educational event under The Lighthouse Endeavor program.  They will study nautical navigation, lighthouse history and preservation, and will have the rare privilege of listening to the stories of Dave Corbett, whose Father grew up on the island, as the son of the last civilian Lighthouse Keeper to be stationed here.

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We’re Training Maine’s Future Outdoor Leaders

Students kayak sailing on a 4-day sea kayak expedition

The Adventure Recreation and Tourism program at Washington County Community College was created in response to the increasing demand for qualified, trained outdoor specialists in the Adventure Tourism industry. The program Course of Study provides practical, hands-on training in rock climbing, sea kayaking, white water and flat water canoeing, wilderness medicine, backpacking, mountaineering, scuba diving, sailing, and a wide variety of other adventure activities.

Maine’s outdoor environment is the ideal place to study how Adventure Tourism is quickly becoming the fastest growing industry in the world. From paddling Maine’s wild rivers, to kayaking the beautiful coast, the Adventure Recreation and Tourism program is well seated in the heritage and culture of all that Maine’s natural environment has to offer.

Students on Mt. Katahdin as part of their mountaineering expedition
The purpose of the Adventure Recreation and Tourism program is to equip students with a strong foundation in economic, cultural, and environmental studies related to the Adventure Tourism industry through a variety of challenging and engaging field experiences. This knowledge base allows students to make informed decisions while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship

The Adventure Recreation and Tourism program balances theoretical knowledge with hands-on, practical skills enabling students to take effective leadership roles in planning, coordinating, and guiding recreational adventures.